All My Trials

Written by Traditional

Album This song officially appears on the All My Trials CD Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1990

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

All My Trials” was a folk song during the social protest movements of the 1950s and 1960s. It is based on a Bahamian lullaby that tells the story of a mother on her death bed, comforting her children, “Hush little baby, don’t you cry./You know your mama’s bound to die,” because, as she explains, “All my trials, Lord,/Soon be over.” The message — that no matter how bleak the situation seemed, the struggle would “soon be over” — propelled the song to the status of an anthem, recorded by many of the leading artists of the era.

The song is usually classified as a Spiritual because of its biblical and religious imagery. There are references to the “Lord,” “a little book” with a message of “liberty,” “brothers,” “religion,” “paradise,” “pilgrims” and the “tree of life” awaiting her after her hardships, referred to as “trials.” There is an allegory of the river Jordan, the crossing thereof representing the Christian experience of death as something which “…chills the body but not the soul.” The river/death allegory was popularised by John Bunyan in his classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress and the wording echoes the teaching of Jesus, to “…fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul.” (Matthew 10:28)


A live version of the song was released as a single by Paul McCartney in 1990 and made into top 40 in UK, reaching as high as #35.


There's only one thing that money can't buy?
True love, that will never die
All my trials Lord, soon be over??
If religion was a thing that money could buy?
Well the rich would live and the poor would die?
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

Well, the river Jordan is chilly and cold?
Chills the body but not the soul
All my trials, Lord, soon be over?
All my trials, Lord, soon be over?
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

Officially appears on

All My Trials

CD Single • Released in 1990

Studio version

Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights!

Official live • Released in 1990

3:14 • Live

All My Trials

CD Single • Released in 1990

3:15 • Live

Concert From the concert in Milan, Italy on Oct 27, 1989

Paul McCartney:
Matt Butler:
Peter Henderson:
Bob Clearmountain:
Mixing, Producer


Dome In Rehearsal

Unofficial live

3:50 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Fukuoka, Japan on Nov 18, 1993

Arizona Soundchecks 1990 Cactus Club Arizona 1986

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

6:21 • Soundcheck • Sun Devil Stadium, Phoenix, Apr 4, 1990

Concert From the concert in Tempe, USA on Apr 04, 1990

B-Sides Complete Vol. 3

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:23 • Studio version

UK Singles Collection - Volume 05

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

3:24 • Studio version

Tripping The Live Fantastic - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial live • Released in 2016

3:26 • Live

Live performances

“All My Trials” has been played in 1 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “All My Trials” has been played


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